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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Gestamp plans joint venture plant in Morocco

    February 20th 2018 Spanish automotive parts manufacturer Gestamp has signed a joint venture agreement with Moroccan components manufacturer Tuyauto to set up a factory in the north African country. The companies plan to build the plant in the Kenitra free trade zone, next to the car assembly factory PSA is building there. Other key PSA suppliers will also […]
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  • Third-party logistics

    News » Gefco reveals latest developments in regional strategy

    January 31st 2018 Gefco has revealed a number of recent business developments at a meeting held in Paris this week to launch its new corporate direction, brand identity and the further development of its commercial activity. They include the purchase of rail and compound assets in Russia to support exports to neighbouring countries; the development of inbound logistics […]
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  • Shipping patterns

    News » WWL links Spain’s port of Vigo to South America

    January 10th 2018 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has added the Spanish port of Vigo to its Atlantic Ocean service, which supports the movement of finished vehicles, breakbulk and rolling stock between Europe and South America via the US and Mexico. The Norwegian-based global ocean services provider will call at Vigo on a monthly basis, beginning at the end […]
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  • 2017 in review

    Intelligence » A stormy year of negotiations, electric plans and cyber-attacks

    December 20th 2017   As the year draws to close, major uncertainty regarding both Nafta and Brexit remains, as well a lack of clarity on what any changes could mean for the global automotive sector and the logistics industry that supports it. During the past 12 months, OEMs have made major strides towards an electric vehicle future, announcing investment […]
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  • Electric vehicles

    News » PSA joins forces with Nidec for electric motor production in France

    December 6th 2017 French carmaker Groupe PSA and Japan’s Nidec Corporation have agreed to form a joint venture and invest €220m in ($261m) in electric motor production in France for domestic and global distribution. Nidec makes electric motors through its subsidiary, Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding. In a joint statement, the companies said they would design, manufacture and sell “a high-performance and […]
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  • Rail freight

    News » Gefco handles first dedicated block train of auto parts from China to France

    November 29th 2017 Gefco has handled its first dedicated block train of containerised automotive parts between China and France. The transport and logistics provider coordinated the 11,000km journey of 40ft containers along the Silk Road trade corridor, negotiating with railway partners in different countries and deploying forwarding teams in Shanghai, Moscow and Paris. The train left Wuhan on […]
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  • Autonomous vehicles

    News » Real-Time Innovations officially joins Autosar development group

    November 1st 2017 Industrial IOT connectivity company Real-Time Innovations (RTI) has joined the Automotive Open Systems Architecture (Autosar) group as a development partner. Autosar is a partnership of car manufacturers, suppliers and other companies in the electronics and tech industries which aims to standardise software architecture for automotive electronic control units. Formed in 2003, its core partners are […]
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  • Port throughput

    News » Vehicle handling through Sagunto continues to surge  

    October 31st 2017 Automotive traffic through the Spanish port of Sagunto, administered by Valenciaport, has continued to grow significantly so far this year. In the first three quarters of the year, the port handled 170,217 finished vehicles – up 28% over the corresponding period in 2016. While general cargo also grew by 24% over that period, containers dropped […]
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  • Service parts logistics

    News » BMW and Mini launch online parts stores in the UK

    September 4th 2017 New online stores have been launched for the BMW and Mini brands in the UK, allowing car owners to buy parts and accessories for collection at nearby dealerships or for delivery. By selecting their vehicle or entering their VIN number, customers can search for parts and accessories specific to their model of car. There are […]
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  • Manufacturing facilities

    News » Renault adds local engine plant to Iran JV agreement 

    August 9th 2017 Renault has announced the official formation of its joint venture in Iran with local partner Parto Negin Naseh (Negin Holdings) and the Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran (Idro). The joint venture follows on from the strategic partnership agreement announced at the Paris Motor Show last September, but now also includes plans for an […]
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